A Closer Look on Asbestos

The fastest growing cancer in the world is lung cancer. We have seen many cases of asbestos that are simply destroying entire families in the Australia. Over the last 15 years, mortality from lung cancer has more than tripled, not only in states with a huge history in the construction industry that have shown thousands of cases of asbestos victims.

The most common, the one that takes 15 to 20 years to develop after exposure, is one of the most dramatic and serious problems with lung cancer. Scarring of the lung tissue or asbestosis takes 15 to 20 years to appear as well. It means that the people responsible of the damages based on asbestos may be already out of business or not even alive when asbestos starts to reveals its presence.

Removing asbestos from older buildings is a difficult, dangerous and expensive process and clearly not a job for amateurs even though many companies are already aware of the dangers of asbestos. For all these precautions, there is good reason. A licensed contractor who is registered with the state is the one who should conduct asbestos removal from public buildings.

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Why do we still have buildings with asbestos?

Removing or abating asbestos in a public building can run into hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars which is a very, very expensive kind of work for any company to afford, that is the main reason why.

Building owners are required to perform in-depth surveys of their property and report to the construction inspectors in all the part of the Australia. The building owner must contact and hire an authorized asbestos removal company which will take care of this dangerous quemical, including removing it, transporting it and destoying it, if asbestos qualifies for removal.

If there is friable asbestos present, there are not allowed to be demolished if buildings are going to be destroyed, as many cases show. AHERA, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act requires any sort of schools or educational center to be inspected and have a management plan prepared, which is to be maintained and available for public inspection.

How health experts are so keen in having different points regarding asbestos is interesting. About 2.3 of every 98,000 people living in buildings made from cement containing asbestos are liable to develop lung cancer, according to a university research. Health damage due to exposure to asbestos will certainly increase rapidly in the coming months and years as it has been proven.

From many possible areas and sources, healthcare maintenance workers and engineers can be unknowingly exposed to asbestos. When making repairs to old piping or doing minor renovations or while working in furnace rooms where boilers are insulated with asbestos, engineers can be exposed.

In ultramafic rock, including serpentine, and near fault zones are where asbestos commonly found. Usually, the amount of asbestos that is typically present in these rocks can be less than 1.

So, how asbestos infiltrate to our lungs?

When asbestos materials are destroyed, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. If the objects with asbestos remain in one piece, there is only little or even no risk for our health.